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KPSS ends fast-unto-death after 248 hours after written assurance by DM
10/1/2020 11:29:50 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Oct 1; The fast-unto-death started by Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samiti (KPSS) president and youth leader in support of their demands ended after 248 hours last night after District Magistrate (DM) Srinagar handed over a written assurance that their demands will be addressed.
A spokesman of the Samiti said Thursday afternoon KPSS president Sanjay K Tickoo and youth leader Sandeep Koul had started fast-unto-death in support of their demands, including recruitment of over 500 unemployed youths of non-migrant Kashmiri pandit community who did not migrate from here when majority members of the community migrated to different parts of the country in early 90s due to eruption of militancy.
Though the Administrative Council (AC) headed by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha had recently announced that non migrant pandit youths will also get benefit under Prime Ministers employment for the community members, Mr Tickoo and Koul continued their fast demanding a written assurance from the government about their demands.
Spokesman of the Samini said last night at 2030 hrs DM, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudry visited Mr Tickoo at Shri Sidhi Vinayak Ganesh mandir Ganpathyar Habba Kadal in the old city and handed over a written assurance that the demands projected by KPSS will be addressed and taken to logical conclusion. He said earlier emissaries of the Chief Secretary as well as the Additional Deputy Commissioner visited the venue a number of times to negotiate with the KPSS President in the last two days.
The fast has ended after 248 hours, he said and thanked all political parties and individuals who supported the KPSS demands.
The KPSS has alleged sabotage by Disaster Management Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (DMRR&R) Department for the past two years despite orders by High Court, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for the appointment of 500 unemployed youth of the community,'' he said.
Tickoo has said 800 left out non-migrant Kashmiri pandit families living in different parts of the valley were being ''punished'' by the DMRR&R. ''Since abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A, we the non-Migrant Kashmiri Pandits living in Kashmir Valley are facing harassment and isolation at the hands of Relief Department, he alleged.
He said, ''Our demands included Vigilance inquiry against the officers and officials of the Relief Department for deliberately stalling and sabotaging Relief and Rehabilitation of Pandits living in Kashmir Valley and misusing their official positions to harm the community members, implementation of High Court directions and recommendations of the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding Jobs to the unemployed 500 educated Kashmiri Pandit youth, one time age relaxation.''
Other demands were easy and stress free process of providing bonafide certificates to all Pandits, monthly financial aid to 808 non-migrant Kashmiri Pandit families living in Kashmir Valley, providing accommodation to all deserving Kashmiri Pandit as per recommendations of the Ministry of Home Affairs and extension of benefits of Migrant Welfare Fund to the non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits living in Kashmir Valley.
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